The Sentencing Bill [HL] 2019-21 would introduce a sentencing code. It was introduced in the House of Commons on 9 September 2020 and is due to have its second reading and all remaining stages on 30 September 2020.

  • Research Briefing

    The Terrorist Offenders (Restriction of Early Release) Bill 2019-20 was introduced on 11 February 2020. All stages in the House of Commons are due to take place on 12 February 2020. The Bill has been introduced in response to the terrorist attacks on London Bridge in November 2019 and in Streatham in February 2020. The offenders in each of these attacks had been released from prison automatically without the involvement of the Parole Board. The Bill would end the automatic early release of certain terrorist offenders.

  • Debate Pack

    This pack has been prepared ahead of the debate to be held in Westminster Hall at 1.30pm on Thursday 6 February 2020 on acquired brain injury. The debate will be opened by Chris Bryant MP.

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    Children remanded or sentenced to custody are placed in a Young Offenders Institution, a Secure Training Centre or a Secure Children’s Home. Concerns have been raised about the current provision of youth custody, The Government has accepted proposals to introduce secure schools.

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    The Sentencing Bill 2019-20 was announced in the Queen’s Speech on 19 December 2019. No date is yet available for second reading.

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    The Attorney General has the power to refer sentences for certain offences which he or she believes to be unduly lenient to the Court of Appeal. The Attorney General’s power to refer only applies to serious offences.

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    There has been a decline in prison safety since 2012. Assaults and incidents of self-harm are at record highs and the number of self-inflicted deaths has risen. Chief Inspectors of Prisons, the Prison and Probation Ombudsman, Independent Monitoring Boards and the Justice Committee have all repeatedly expressed concern. HM Prisons and Probation Service has a national strategy for safety. The Justice Committee has called for an overarching and integrated prisons strategy.

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    This briefing describes the prison estate in England and Wales. It discusses conditions in the estate and the Government's 'Prison Estate Transformation Programme'.